A Drop in the Bucket

In a rare bipartisan move, the Trump administration signed new opioid legislation into law yesterday, expanding access to medical treatment under Medicaid, and cracking down on the mailing of illicit drugs, Reuters reported.

While Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency last year, little came of it, according to a Government Accountability Office report seen by Vox. The administration has moved on just 3 of 17 authorities unlocked by the declaration, clearing some red tape and opening up support for research. It hasn’t taken advantage of others, like easing access to telemedicine. And while the $57,000 emergency fund and Congress’ pledge of $3.3 billion in the 2018 fiscal budget aren’t a bad thing, they fall woefully short of the tens of billions more needed each year, writes German Lopez.

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